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Vatican ready to welcome congress for international volunteers

During the meeting several topics will be discussed, including some of the challenges these volunteer organizations face. On behalf of the European Commission, Kristalina Goergieva will speak. ; Then the pope will meet with the participants at the end of the conference.Even though it?s hard to pin point exactly what motivates more than 140 million European volunteers, Cardinal Sarah explains the reason behind Catholic volunteer groups. Card. Robert SarahPresident, Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"“Catholic charities are encouraged by faith. The idea of offering one?s energy just as Christ did for us. So in this sense, it?s not because volunteers have time to spare, but rather ; because of a mission. A mission of giving, just like Christ did.”The biggest Catholic charity is “Caritas Internationalis.” Currently it has about 625,000 members, but after this meeting, the Vatican ; hopes the number will be much higher. Card. Robert SarahPresident, Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"“I think next year, and especially after the Holy Father speaks on this topic, the number of people who will want to dedicate their time to help those who suffer will increase.”The timing of this meeting is no accident. It will take place when the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, a saint, the Pope described as “living testimony of charity.”BR/KLH AMGdPPR